March 1, 2023
August 31, 2023
The Mystery Shack, 2023
Mixed media installation made of found objects, sculptural elements and vitrines
The Mystery Shack is a captivating exploration of the intersection between art, nature, and the surreal. Reminiscent of an historic Cabinet of Curiosities—a curated collection of objects that represent moments in time, as well as the exotic interests of its collector—this installation challenges our perceptions of what is natural and what is real. The works showcased are designed to create a sense of intrigue and wonder—drawing the audience into a world that is at once familiar and yet, strangely foreign. By featuring animals with bizarre and fantastical characteristics, this installation aims to explore the boundaries of our imagination and challenge our understanding of the natural world. Can we think beyond our industrialized and digitized present to a future where all creatures can co-exist without having to be placed in a museum or zoo, in order to appreciate the wonders of our earthly paradise?
About the Artist
Sayde Demers brings memories from childhood to life with her awesome imagination and playful creativity.Growing up in a concrete suburban jungle (Oakville, ON), she found herself yearning for nature and finding inspiration and comfort within the natural world. Through the use of different materials, a unique palette and out-of-the-box thinking, Demers is able to splatter her imagination onto anything she touches. Unable to conform to one medium, Sayde has developed her skills in painting, fibre art, ceramics, sculpture and assemblage, in order to present her mixed media works. Spontaneous and fun, with some darkness thrown in for good measure, her artworks deliver a creative vibe that’s reminiscent of the carefree attitudes most of us have experienced as children.
Sayde Demers is an Integrated Design Diploma student at Fleming College's Haliburton School of Art and Design.